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Java-based ZK framework gets 6.0.0 release

Potix announced the release of version 6.0.0 of its open souce web application framework ZK yesterday, including a host of new features. The company claims that around 100,000 lines of code have been modified since version 5.0.0, adding jQuery- and CSS-style server-side selectors and a new data binding system supporting MVVM design patterns.

First released in 2006, ZK is aimed at enterprise user seeking a combination of security and ease-of-use, and it boasts an impressive client list -- current customers include Barclays, the UN and China’s national electricity grid. The framework is based on Java, providing current back-end developers and less experienced users with a front-end experience that Potix terms “Ajax without JavaScript”.

The architectural changes in the latest version are designed to speed up and clarify the development process, reinforcing the separation between business logic and presentation while still offering a flexible ‘fusion’ of server-side and client-side functions. ZK currently supports Scala, Groovy, Ruby, Python, BeanShell and (naturally) JavaScript for scripting actions on the server side, with user interfaces constructed using a customised mark-up language named ZUML.

“Since its first launch in November 2005, ZK has amassed over 1.5 million downloads, and is deployed in over 100 Fortune 500 companies, supporting tens of thousands of developers, in more than 190 countries across the world,” reads a company statement. Impressive figures. Read ZK 6.0.0’s full release notes here or check out the source code on GitHub.

Louis Goddard

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